Welcome to the English and Media Faculty

Director: Ms. S. Butler Contact details: sally.butler@johnmason.oxon.sch.uk

Teachers in this Faculty: Ms. S. Butler (Director); , Mrs. J. Postlethwaite Dixon (Deputy Director/Head of media); Ms. E. Browning; Mr. D Burrell; Ms. R. Davies (also Head of Year 7); Mrs. S. Brinkley (Head Teacher); Ms. V. Munro (Deputy Head); Mrs. L Foster (also Assistant Head Teacher); Ms. C. Williams; Mr. C. Davies.

English is a core subject taught throughout Key Stage 3 and up to GCSE, after which students are able to choose to continue with their studies at AS and A Level. Media Studies is a popular and engaging subject offered at both Key Stage 4 and 5. The programmes of study are:

• English (KS3)
• English Language (KS4-5)
• English Literature (KS4-5)
• Media Studies (KS4-5)

The three strands of English are Reading, Writing, Speaking & Listening. Students explore the role of language and how it can be manipulated for effect, the use of literary devices and the many ways in which the written and spoken word can be exciting, useful, engaging and successful. Being able to understand texts, manipulate language and express one’s self clearly are key skills in today’s changing world. Through preparing students to reach their academic potential, the English teachers at John Mason School are also stimulating an interest in lifelong learning, along with an appreciation of literature and the elegance of expression.

Non-fiction texts, novels, poems, films, plays and short stories are all studied as part of the courses and the literary criticism skills which the students develop are then used to create their own work.

Key Stage 3 English

In each year during KS3 the students study at least one novel and are exposed to the works of a variety of poets. Two Shakespeare plays are studied during KS3 in order to familiarise students with the language before GCSE. Debates, presentations and role plays are included in programmes of study to allow students to develop their ability to shape arguments and express themselves verbally.

There is a strong focus on reading, with fortnightly library lessons and use of the Accelerated Reader programme which enables students to access increasingly challenging books at the right pace. Through such initiatives the English teachers gain a thorough knowledge of the reading patterns of their students and are able to discuss, guide and encourage the pupils.

Encouraging the enjoyment of the diverse subject area is apriority in the English and Media Faculty as we know that students achieve better when they enjoy something. This philosophy permeates the planning of schemes of learning and lessons, and the provision of extra-curricular activities to enrich the experience of the students.

Year 7 study the following units of work:

Subverted fairytales
A novel
The Radley Oral project
Media advertising
Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar

Year 8 study the following units of work:

Gothic fiction
A novel
Poetry from different cultures
Non fiction writing
the culture of the celebrity
Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Year 9 study the following units of work in preparation for GCSE English Literature and Language:

A novel
Non fiction writing
Shakespeare’s Macbeth
Descriptive/Narrative reading and writing
Poetry from the AQA anthology cluster “Power and Conflict”

Key Stage 4 English Syllabus: AQA

We follow the AQA syllabus for both English Language and English Literature, both of which are 100% exam and assessed at the end of year 11. In addition pupils are examined in Speaking and Listening, a compulsory element which is awarded pass, merit or distinction alongside GCSE grades. Pupils study all Literature texts by the end of year 10 so as to enable consolidation of skills and revision in year 11.

The English Literature GCSE comprises of 2 exams. Paper 1, “Shakespeare and 19th Century texts” and Paper 2. “Modern Texts and Poetry”. Pupils study the following texts (some of which are first covered in year 9): Macbeth by William Shakespeare, Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson, An Inspector Calls by J.B Priestley and an anthology of poems on the theme of ‘Power and Conflict’ set by AQA.

The English Language exam also comprises of 2 equally weighted papers. Paper 1, ‘Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing’, examines pupils on both their reading and writing skills with two unseen passages of text and a writing task. Paper 2, ‘Writer’s Viewpoints and Perspectives’ takes the same format.

Key Stage 4 GCSE Media Syllabus: AQA 4810

There are two units for this exam:

Unit 1: Investigating the Media
Unit 2: Understanding the Media

The course covers:

Print and Electronic Publishing including newspapers, comics, magazines etc.
Moving Image:
Television including genre study, franchises, scheduling etc.
Film, covering features, shorts, trailers, production, distribution and exhibition as well as genre
Video including promotional, training and corporate
Web-based Technologies/New Media including Internet, web design, social networking, weblogs, vblogs, podcasts, gaming etc. It is noted that the following can be found across the media forms/platforms listed above:
Advertising and Marketing – including advertisements in print publications, on radio, on television, in the cinema, film trailers, billboards etc.
Popular Music – including Artistes & Repertoire (A & R), promotion, marketing etc.
News – including television, newspapers, internet, radio etc. Candidates must cover at least three discrete media forms/platforms.

Key Stage 5: AS and A Level Media Syllabus: WJEC 2016-17

MS1: Media Representations and Responses (50%) – 2 ½ hour exam

MS2: Media Production Processes (50%) – Internal Assessment (Magazine Production)

AS Unit 1: Representations and Responses Three compulsory questions, including one question on unseen audio-visual or print based material (interactive media will be presented as print-based)

Unit 2: MS2 Internal Assessment Media Production Processes Three components:

One pre-production ; one production which develops from the pre-production and one report on the production process

A LEVEL (the above plus a further 2 units)

Unit 3: MS3 25% Internal Assessment Media Investigation & Production Three components: a written investigation into media text(s) based on one or more of the key media concepts – genre, narrative and/or representation; a media production; and an evaluation of how the production is informed by the investigative research.

MS4 25% External Assessment: 2½ hour Written Paper Media – Text, Industry and Audience Three questions (30 marks per question). Section A: one question from a choice of two.

Section B: two questions from a choice of four. Candidates must answer each question on a different media industry.


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